I recently decided to retire from writing books because I realized that if you are a writer you are also a seller. And I don’t like selling. I still write an occasional blog post from time to time. So many of the things that I have done have been either to make money or become famous. And I also realize those are not good motivations for me personally. One of the most misquoted Bible verses is:
10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:10 (NIV)
A lot of people quote it as: money is the root of all evil. But there is a difference. It is the love of money that is the root of all evil. I believe this is placing money above relationships with people, but most especially our relationship with God. And today it seems a constant push to make things into a money-making pursuit.
Not everyone should be in business for themselves. Business is difficult and takes a lot of motivation and work. If you are in business great! This post is not addressed to you. I am speaking more to people like me with low-motivation and who don’t really have any business in business. (Speaking for myself here.) If you are in business you probably like it. I don’t like business. I find it extremely boring. My husband on the other hand loves business.
I think it helps to have a good motivation as to why you are doing something. I think providing for yourself and family is a good motivation. Most of the things I have done were really hobbies such as: making bibs, making soap, writing, making videos, etc. I had dreams of making money off of them, but then doing those things lost their sparkle. Somehow attaching money to them made them into an obligation.
But what I realized is that my life is good the way it is now. I don’t need to make more money! I need to do a better job of managing what I have and do my hobbies for a creative outlet and for fun. I do want to make a difference in the world, which sounds so cliche. But I am making a difference to my family and friends around me. I try to be kind and generous. I am not perfect, but I am growing.